Thierry Henry weighs coaching offer at Arsenal Academy

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LONDON – Being a well-paid television pundit offers plenty of free time, and former New York Red Bull captain Thierry Henry is using it wisely.

According to The Mirror, Henry is entertaining an offer to take up a coaching role within the Gunner’s Hale End Academy.

Henry retired in December of last year, revealing plans to continue his work in football by joining Sky Sports on a $6 million-a-year punditry deal. Often considered a coaching prospect, Henry is reportedly working towards earning his badges for an eventual career on the touchline. Former coach Arsene Wenger fingered Henry for the task late last year, endorsing the career move — so long as Henry can stand the day-to-day pressures of the boss role.

The Hale End Academy features talents below the 16-year-old threshold, placing Henry at a critical developmental stage in the lives of these young, aspiring athletes. That hands-on experience at the U-16 level will also fulfill requirements to receive his eventual coaching license.

After starting his career with Monaco, the 37-year-old striker grew his fame in the Arsenal system, leading the club to a pair of Premier League Championships and three FA Cup victories. Henry moved on to Barcelona, winning a pair of La Liga trophies and a UEFA Champions League title. Following his stint in Barcelona, Henry joined New York, helping the club to their first major title in franchise history.